In Africa, this soap has been used for centuries, not just as a facial soap, but also on the whole body, including the hair. However, it is slowly becoming popular around the globe and it’s not hard to see why when you read up on its benefits.
Black soap is made from extremely beneficial, natural ingredients that help heal the skin, making it great for problematic skin such as acne or eczema. It contains shea butter, coconut/palm oil, and ash from plants such as palm trees and plantain. Some may contain extra ingredients such as aloe vera, oats, and/or cocoa pods. Together, these ingredients help deep clean and exfoliate the skin to remove dirt, excess oil, and unclog pores to reveal smoother, brighter skin. Make sure to purchase the natural kind as processed soaps can irritate the skin and you lose the beneficial effects of the ingredients (the rawer, the better). One way to tell if it has been processed is if it’s black in color, despite the name, it should actually be medium-dark brown.
I was quite hesitant to try the soap out for a while for two reasons: one, it isn’t very aesthetically pleasing, and two, I never really felt comfortable using soap on my face. However, I finally thought I’d test it out as it’s pretty cheap. I’ve been using the Naissance black soap for about a month and a half now and I can see a huge difference. Alongside the rest of my skincare products, this has helped even out my skin tone, reduce blemishes and get rid of the blackheads on my nose. I use the soap as my first cleanser by cutting a small amount off (a little goes a long way) and rubbing it onto my damp face. It’s great for removing make-up as the cocoa pods lightly exfoliate the first traces of make-up away. I then get a clean wipe to wipe the soap off and splash some water on my face before going in with my second cleanser to get the last traces of make-up.
I also use the soap to gently exfoliate my body in the shower with an exfoliating glove. I especially like doing this when I’m feeling lazy as the coconut oil and shea butter moisturize my skin, allowing me to skip the lotion. You could also melt a chunk of it, combine it with some oil (I recommend coconut or almond oil), and apply it a few hours before washing your hair to provide extra moisture.